Today we would like to celebrate Mexican-American botanist Ynés Mexía. She was featured earlier this year in PBS’ Unladylike 2020“a series of 26 short films and a one-hour documentary, profiling diverse and little-known American women from the turn of the 20th century, and contemporary women who follow in their footsteps.” via American Masters PBS
An early participant in the environmental movement, U.S.-born Mexican American Ynés Mexía (1870-1938) began her scientific career at age 51, leading botanical expeditions across Mexico, Central America, and South America. She became one of the most accomplished plant collectors of her time, discovering over 500 new plant species of which 50 are named in her honor. UNLADYLIKE2020 brings her story of personal development and adventure back to life through rare archival imagery, captivating original artwork and animation, and interviews with Durlynn Anema, author of The Perfect Specimen: The 20th Century Renown Botanist Ynes Mexia, and ethnobotanist Ina Vandebroek, Associate Curator and Caribbean Program Director for the New York Botanical Garden.
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